MSE Seminar Series: Liangbing Hu, MSE Professor @ UMD

Friday, September 21, 2018
1:00 p.m.
2108 Chem/Nuc Bldg (#90)
Ichiro Takeuchi

Speaker: Dr. Liangbing "Bing" Hu, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland

Title: Materials Innovations for Emerging Energy Technologies


Dr. Hu will start by giving an overview of active research activities in his research group located at UMD Energy Research Center, including wood materials toward sustainability, 3000K high temperature materials and processing (Science 2018), and beyond-Li ion batteries (solid state, Na-ion). Then he will focus on recent developments:

(1)   Garnet-based solid-state Li-metal batteries including interface engineering to improve the wetting between Li metal anode and garnet solid-state electrolyte (Nature Materials 2016; JACS 2016; Advanced Materials 2017; Science Advances 2017); Garnet based 3D Li ion conductive framework toward high energy density Li-S batteries (EES 2017); Garnet nanofiber based flexible, hybrid electrolyte with a high Li ion conductivity (PNAS 2016).

(2)   Assembly and functionalization strategies of wood nanocellulose aimed at specific properties, with an eye toward high impact applications including energy, electronics, building materials and water treatment, including nanomanufacturing and light management in transparent nanopaper for optoelectronics (as a replacement of plastics); mechanical properties of densely packed nanocellulose for lightweight structural materials (replacement of steel, Nature 2018); artificial tree for high-performance water desalination and solar steam generations; mesoporous, three-dimensional carbon derived from wood for advanced batteries (replacement of metal current collectors for beyond Li-ion batteries).


Liangbing Hu received his B.S. in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2002, where he worked with Prof Yuheng Zhang on colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials for three years. Hu did his Ph.D. in at UCLA (with George Gruner) focusing on carbon nanotube based nanoelectronics (2002-2007). In 2006, he joined Unidym, Inc. ( as a co-founding scientist. At Unidym, Hu’s role was the development of roll-to-roll printed carbon nanotube transparent electrodes and device integrations into touch screens, LCDs, flexible OLEDs and solar cells. He worked at Stanford University (with Yi Cui) from 2009-2011, where he work on various energy devices based on nanomaterials and nanostructures.

Currently, Hu is an associate professor at UMD College Park. His research interests include nanomaterials and nanostructures, roll-to-roll nanomanufacturing, energy storage focusing on solid-state batteries and Na ion batteries, and printed electronics. Hu has published over 280 research papers (including Science and Nature in 2018) and given more than 100 invited talks. He received many awards, including: the Nano Letters Young Investigator Lectureship (2017), Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2016), ACS Division of Energy and Fuel Emerging Investigator Award (2016), SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2016), University of Maryland Junior Faculty Award (School of Engineering, 2015), 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (2015), Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer (2014), University of Maryland Invention of Year (2014 Physical Science), Campus Star of the American Society for Engineering Education (2014), Air Force Young Investigator Award (AFOSR YIP, 2013).

For more information, please visit Dr. Hu is the (founding) director of the Center for Advanced Center for Advanced Renewable Biomaterials (CRAB) at the UMD College Park ( He is also the Co-founder of Inventwood Inc. ( and the co-founder of Ionstoragesystems LLC  (

Audience: Public 

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